Letter to the Editor: Theology 101 changes for the better

By The Beacon | January 23, 2013 9:00pm

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By Ralph Bliquez, Regent

In the Nov. 15 edition of The Beacon, there was an editorial regretting the decision to change the Theology 101 curriculum from a survey of world religions to a focus on "Christian Theology."  I respectfully disagree and commend the theology department for the change.

William Wordsworth, a Romantic poet I never liked, once wrote a sonnet beginning, "Nuns fret not at their convent's narrow room."  His theme is that a restricted focus can be liberating rather than confining.  It's a valuable lesson.

If I had a criticism for today's culture, I would call it superficial, all shallow with no depth.  Contemporary technology admits so much information there's little time for digestion.  It's all speed dating with no marriage.

Ours is a Western Culture with all its faults but real advantages. It is a culture based on a Judeo-Christian, Greco-Roman heritage.  To know how it has come to dominate this world--for better and worse--a student needs to study it thoroughly and understand (i.e. "stand under" know its foundations).

As Alexander Pope (a Neoclassical poet I do like) wrote: "A little learning is a dangerous thing. Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring."